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Master’s student & volunteer – Lisa’s placement was a clear ‘win-win’

Master’s student & volunteer – Lisa’s placement was a clear ‘win-win’

people and places has facilitated several such placements – Master’s students who need ‘in situ’ experience to complete their research & assignments. The key for us is that such placements will also be of benefit to the communities / projects where volunteers such as Lisa are placed … Lisa’s report shows how this can work, and what we mean about this being a ‘win-win’ volunteer placement. Lisa worked in Port Elizabeth (PE) with our local partners at Calabash in one…

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volunteers are busy in The Gambia – and introducing Lamin

volunteers are busy in The Gambia – and introducing Lamin

Written by Dianne, people and places volunteer programme advisor “I am writing this report sitting by the pool at Safari Garden Hotel on a sunny Sunday morning.  The sky is blue and the temperature will rise to about 30 degrees later on today, so I hope those of you in cold rainy England are feeling jealous!          

volunteers – your project needs YOU !

volunteers – your project needs YOU !

There’s been a lot of discussion recently about the value – or not – of review sites. Some are fantastic and the reviews are genuine – with lots of useful information about the realities of volunteer travel – and these are the sites we encourage our volunteers to write reviews for. These are our favourite sites … so far … you may know of others where reviews are genuine and trustworthy. Please let us know of any you like and…

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you can fund raise for your volunteer trip

you can fund raise for your volunteer trip

Great news – our colleagues at Volunteer Forever have launched an easy and secure way for you to raise funds on-line for your next volunteer experience! Many volunteers have raised funds, and continue to do so, when they return home after their placements – which is hugely appreciated, of course. But future volunteers can now invite friends, family and colleagues to help support their work by donating to the costs of the trip! How good is that? One of our volunteers, about to…

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“Enjoy yourself in poor countries? Become a voluntourist”

“Enjoy yourself in poor countries? Become a voluntourist”

A few hours ago I was notified that someone had posted a topic with the above title on the people and places group on linked in At first I thought the video was a spoof – to my horror it wasn’t – take a look at the video here  if you don’t the rest of this post will be pretty meaningless. My first reaction was to “out” the profoundly disturbing video on all the social networks I’m on – as an…

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Special needs skills? want to volunteer in Kenya – NEW project!

Special needs skills? want to volunteer in Kenya – NEW project!

We have wanted to work in Kenya for some time – we know many of you want to travel and volunteer there. Finally we have found the very partners we want in the team at Turtle Bay  – Our Education Advisor,  Dianne visited them in autumn last year and we know the special needs boarding school Gede that Turtle Bay supports is the perfect volunteer placement for people who want to immerse themselves in the care for special kids in a…

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Volunteering: A (Former) Child’s Perspective of Visitors to the Home

Volunteering: A (Former) Child’s Perspective of Visitors to the Home

There is much debate about the ethics of  volunteering in orphanages – we at people and places are leading a fair bit of it! Yesterday on twitter @pandpvolunteer  I “met ” Mandy  who for some of her childhood lived in a children’s home –  below is her story – it is a powerful voice for the children and carries invaluable advice for volunteers. Thanks so much Mandy If you’d like to learn more about the Better Child Protection click here  and…

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